I find it irritating to drive around in 70 degree weather, still on a post-Halloween sugar buzz, only to fiddle with the radio and discover they're playing Christmas music.
Perhaps it's my Connecticut upbringing, where 70-degree weather was reserved for Labor Day, or maybe it's just because I find it hard to get into the spirit before Thanksgiving.
That said, I guarantee I'm no Scrooge.
I love this season, and now that we are safely in December, I'm all for glad tidings.
That's why I 'm excited to spend this weekend at the 21st annual Christmas in Davidson celebration.
"Christmas in Davidson is a special tradition that is both a celebration and a huge community effort," said Margaret Martens, event planner for the town of Davidson.
It's also the town's largest event all year, with a projected 25,000 people attending Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Originally started by local merchants more than two decades ago, the founders' goal was to thank and give back to the people of Davidson.
Over the years, the philosophy hasn't changed. Every vendor along Main Street participates, and they're not just selling their wares.
"Santa is set up in the community room at the library, where CVS pharmacy takes a free photo," said Martens. "You can meet Mrs. Claus at Knox Realty, or kids can make ornaments at Ben and Jerry's. Everyone is open and welcoming."
Other highlights have become tradition over the years. A few include the horse-drawn carriage rides, the live nativity scene in front of Davidson United Methodist Church and the strolling Victorian carolers.
There are new additions as well.
On Thursday and Saturday nights, a children's train will leave from the South Main Square depot, and the Doggie Fashion show on Friday will have canines strutting their stuff.
The Town Green is filled with activities and performances, including local choirs and school choruses, vendors selling gifts and a food court featuring local Davidson restaurants.
The college is also involved. A free hayride Thursday night will carry passengers through campus, where they can check out the decorated fraternities and eating houses.
"The kids have decorating competitions, serve hot cocoa and sing carols," said Martens. "It's wonderful to have the school participate."
Pulling together this event is no easy feat for Martens and her cohort, Angela Blashaw, Davidson's special events coordinator.
"Christmas comes early for us, like in July," said Martens.
The two wrote a press release in early summer and begin lining up vendors shortly after. Everything is planned by the beginning of October. Though this is only the second year for Martens and Blashaw to be in charge, they've learned valuable lessons.
"Without the community's support and participation, it could never happen," said Martens. "The most wonderful thing about the celebration is that it is so Davidson. I just don't know how else to phrase it. Everyone participates, the citizens are proud of it. This community really owns it."
The festival will run Thursday through Saturday downtown.
And don't forget the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade on Saturday, which starts in town at 1 p.m.
Now, is it too much for this Yankee to wish for a little snow?